Last year it was Barcelona that blew a big lead, allowing
to Real Madrid to overtake it and capture La Liga title. This year it's Real Madrid that's in danger of collapsing.
On Sunday, Real Madrid lost to Madrid club Getafe, 1-0, at
home, reducing its lead over Barcelona, a 5-1 winner over Levante, to two points from eight just a week ago. Ikechukwu Uche
's goal gave Getafe
the win over a very nervous-looking Real Madrid. The result ended Madrid's perfect record at home in league play this season. Samuel
's hat trick paced Barcelona, which had won earlier on Sunday. Argentine Lionel Messi
added one goal and set up two more. ENGLAND.
Spanish manager Juande Ramos
, who won five cups at Sevilla, needed only five months to win his first cup title at
Tottenham. Spurs edged defending champion Chelsea, 2-1, to win the English League Cup title on Sunday. Recent signee Jonathan Woodgate
scored the winning goal in
overtime. Arsenal's lead over Manchester United in the Premier League was reduced to three points when Birmingham tied the Gunners, 2-2, and United crushed, Newcastle, 5-1. FRANCE.
scored twice to give six-time champion Lyon a 2-0 win over last-place Metz and increase its lead in Ligue
1 to three points over Bordeaux. Visiting Lille held Bordeaux to a 0-0 tie. GERMANY. Ze Roberto
six minutes from time gave Bayern Munich a 1-1 tie at home against Hamburg and stretched its lead over second-place Werder Bremen to four points. Werder Bremen fell, 1-0, at Eintracht Frankfurt on
Roma beat Fiorentina, 1-0, on Brazilian Cicinho
's goal to move to within nine points of
leader Inter Milan. Inter needed a diving header from Argentine Hernan Crespo
to salvage a 1-1 draw at Sampdoria and remain unbeaten this season. Its only
loss in its last 64 games was to Roma last April.